----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jeffery Brewer 
  To: git-users@googlegroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:57 AM
  Subject: [git-users] Beginner stuck in a commit


  I've slowly been trying to get git to work and just running into loads of 
problems.

  Using the windows bash I just tried to do a commit this evening and forgot to 
add a message (e.g. -m "my work for today") and sent the bash into some sort of 
odd editing mode that I can't seem to get out of. I finally just closed the 
bash and opened a new bash and tried to commit and got all kinds of error 
messages with a prompt to type (R) to recover. Typed R to recover and it took 
me right back into the strange editing mode that I can't seem to get out of 
now. I've backed up all the files in the directory (sensing an impending 
catastrophe) but not sure what else to do at this point to get git running 
again. 

  Any help would be appreciated.
Others have mentioned that you are in one of those unfathomable Unix terminal 
editors ;-) Assuming/If you are on Windows...

I'd suggest that you set up your configuration to use Notepad++ (a lovely open 
source editor). There is a Stackoverflow page with details.
Set up your .gitconfig (mine's in C:\Documents and Settings\Philip\.gitconfig) 
as 

[core]
 editor = 'C:\\Program Files\\Notepad++\\notepad++.exe' -multiInst -notabbar 
-nosession -noplugin

  More detail...

  If I open a new bash in the directory and run "git commit" I'm getting this 
error message:

  E325: ATTENTION
  Found a swap file by the name ".git\.COMMIT_EDITMSG.swp"
               dated: Mon Aug 06 19:45:14 2012
           file name: 
C:/Users/me/Documents/NetBeansProjects/foldername/.git/COMMIT_EDITMSG
            modified: YES
           user name: me   host name: my computer
          process ID: 10368
  While opening file ".git\COMMIT_EDITMSG"
               dated: Mon Aug 06 19:55:29 2012
        NEWER than swap file!
  (1) Another program may be editing the same file.
      If this is the case, be careful not to end up with two
      different instances of the same file when making changes.
      Quit, or continue with caution.
  (2) An edit session for this file crashed.
      If this is the case, use ":recover" or "vim -r .git\COMMIT_EDITMSG"
      to recover the changes (see ":help recovery").
      If you did this already, delete the swap file ".git\.COMMIT_EDITMSG.swp"
      to avoid this message.
  Swap file ".git\.COMMIT_EDITMSG.swp" already exists!
  -- More -- SPACE/d/j: screen/page/line down, b/u/k: up, q: quit

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